Monster Manual: bestiaries from 16th Century/1977/2014

Robert sez, "Dungeons & Dragons, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, is about to release its new Monster Manual -- the original Monster Manual was a watershed moment in human history, part of a history that includes a 16th century bestiary, the Augsburg Book of Miracles; bestiaries reveal our profoundly human desire for an enchanted, magical world."

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Death stalks the joyriders


Illustration from the pentecostal youth magazine Christ’s Ambassadors, October, 1926

Jesus in a pierogi

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In Michigan, St. Andre Bessette Church Festival attendees were "shocked" to see the face of Jesus in a pierogi! Pareidolicious!

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Norwegian atheist velociraptor trike: the movie

Remember Norwegian artist Markus Moestue's velociraptor trike, which he pedalled cross-country to protest religious education in state schools? Well, now there's a video documenting the trip.

Communion wafers in Lunchables form


There's a whole thriving industry of pre-packaged, single serving Communion wafers and wine/juice, each toting their own (sometimes sectarian) benefits: a unique, ergonomic design; Christian Bread not a cut-down Catholic Wafer! (500 for $70!); free samples! (via JWZ)

Documentary about people and vultures

Help fund Requiem For A Bird, an artistic documentary about Mumbai's Parsi people who ritualistically gift their dead to vultures whose population there has been decimated as a consequence of an anti-inflammatory drug previously given to cattle.

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Great mistakes in English medieval architecture


The great cathedrals and palaces of medieval England were designed by people who made it up as they went along, and often discovered midway through a multigenerational project that they'd run out of space for an arch, or designed a building that couldn't hold up its own ceiling.

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Norwegian atheist's velicoraptor trike


Norwegian artist Markus Moestue pedalled it around the countryside to protest "the dogmatic religious education of children."

Crossing the Bible Belt [Markus Moestue]

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Skimpy Skirts and Hippie Hair

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"Skimpy Skirts and Hippie Hair," a 1972 Christian pamphlet spotted by bruce_lee_webb, reminds me of another similar classic in my own library, titled "Communism, Hypnotism And The Beatles."

Religious statue has human teeth

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An 18th century statue of the Lord of Patience in San Bartolo Cuautlalpan, Mexico has human teeth, specialists restoring the artwork have discovered through X-rays. From BBC News:

40804097"The teeth were probably donated as a token of gratitude," suggests head restorer Fanny Unikel. Elsewhere in Mexico, parishioners are known to have volunteered their hair to make wigs for saints, as well as clothing or money. But the teeth and nails of statues are usually made of bones and animal horns. "It's the first time human teeth have been found in a sculpture," says Unikel.

When Buddhists call for genocide

There's a fascinating story in the American Buddhist magazine Shambala Sun about the Burmese Buddhists who are killing and harassing their Muslim neighbors. Thoughtful and full of context, it is very much worth a read.

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"Persecuted": thriller about poor religious conservatives versus evil liberals

In "Persecuted," a forthcoming theatrical release movie, religious conservatives defend themselves against pluralism, secularism, reproductive rights, and feminism.

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JC Penney wins Supreme Court victory, may sacrifice employees to Cthulhu.

You knew this was coming, right?

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3/4 of Hobby Lobby's investment funds include contraception, abortion services


Hobby Lobby is so offended by the idea of contributing to its employees' birth control expenses that it fought all the way to the Supreme Court over the issue. But its retirement plan has over $73M sunk into funds that include companies that make contraception.

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